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Finding the best Maine Ocean Beaches

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Article by Eric H.

Short Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine

Short Sands Beach at sundown, York Beach, Maine

The water's too cold and the distance might not be as convenient to some as Cape Cod or the Rhode Island

coastline, but Maine ocean beaches have a special flavor of their own making it worth a special destination. Natives know that the combination of the rocky coastline, cool breezes and pristine waters create a special summer place that is unlike any other in New England. Choosing the top beaches in Maine is probably not fair as there are so many popular and "secret" locations worth mentioning. The Visiting New staff recommends starting with the following destinations when planning your Maine summer vacation:

Sand Beach--Acadia National Park. Sand Beach is an instant memory as it is set between the spectacular setting of the classic rocky Maine coastline and mountains. Just under 300 yards long, Sand Beach may be short in distance, but endless in beauty -- so untouched and so small and intimate is this wonder of nature that it makes you wish that you could bring this environment home. Find more information on Sand Beach and Acadia National Park click here.

Long Sands Beach -- York, Maine The two-mile stretch at Long Sands Beach is perfect for strolling, sunning., or just meeting friendly people. If you don't mind the frigid waters, it is also perfect for swimming. From Long Sands beach, the famous Nubble Lighthouse is visible. Many fine lodging establishments overlook Long Sands Beach. There are many fine places, but for us, it comes down to only one: the Inn at Long Sands. Every room has a spectacular ocean view and a porch so that you can experience this Maine gem of a beach. In addition to lodging options, there are some great restaurants a step away from the beach, including a fine seafood establishment Sun and Surf --with splendid views of the beach. If ice cream is your forte, just look in any direction away from the ocean and you'll find myriad hard and soft servce concoctions. Long Sands Beach is a great playground for children and adults, alike with more to do than just hang out at the beach. Click here for more York Beach information.

Goose Rocks Beach -- Kennebunkport, Maine. Perhaps one of the most forgotten great beaches in New England, Goose Rocks is scenic and tranquil, the perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the booming Southern Maine tourism industry. The stunning views of Goose Rocks and Timber Island and a great three-mile stretch of beach make Goose Rocks a personal favorite to those who have had the fortune to discover this "road less taken" spot. It's especially nice at sundown as the colorful flavor of the day sky weaves magic around the splendid solitude of this grand New England beach. Click here for more information on Goose Rocks Beach and Kennebunkport.

Short Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine -- Perhaps the blue print for what a family beach should be, Short Sands Beach exudes fun as the sandy stretch of beach is perfect for picnics, building sandcastles, swimming in the slightly-warmer-than-average chilly Maine Waters, playing in the playground, shooting hoops, watching free concerts at the gazebo, and the attractions of bowling, arcade games, ice cream, and salt water taffy (courtesy of Goldenrods). With charming York Beach center holding its hand and views of the great rocky, Maine coastline, Short Sands Beach is Maine's true good-time beach, the perfect soundtrack to a fun family summer. Click here for more York Beach information.

Old Orchard Beach, Old Orchard Beach, Maine -- It's easy to be a child again at Old Orchard Beach. The miniature golf, cotton candy, fried dough, french fries, cheeseburgers, carousel, arcade games, amusement rides, festivals, fairs, concerts, fireworks, boardwalk and oh, yes, a long strecth of unusually sandy beach for Maine makes this a great family destination. It's all quite honky-tonk, but in a clean, fun way. Old Orchard Beach has been a favorite family destinations for generations, and remains that way in a big, fun way. Click here for more Old Orchard beach information.

Ogunquit beaches, Ogunquit-- The three mile stretch from the downtown Main Beach to the northern Moody Beach ranks as one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in New England. Seemingly endless, the flat, expansive sandy region has more in common than Cape Cod beaches than the rocky coastline of Maine. It's all quite family-oriented, with a safe feeling. There are dining stop near the Main Beach, perfect to sit outside on a deck by the water and marvel at the wonderful scenery. Click here for more information on Ogunquit.

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